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Driver dies in accident during the Pan American race

Aboard a 1934 Studebaker Dictator, Carlos Alberto Gordoa Álvarez, died during the sixth stage of the Carrera Panamericana.

Carrera Panamericana

Carlos Alberto Gordoa Álvarez, a well-known race driver, tragically passed away during the sixth stage of the Carrera Panamericana, which took place in the state of San Luis Potosí. The official race account confirmed this tragic event, providing details of the incident. Carlos was driving a 1934 Studebaker Dictator when the accident occurred.

Pan American race mourns driver death

“With great sadness, La Carrera Panamericana informs about the regrettable death of Carlos Alberto Gordoa Álvarez, who unfortunately lost his life in an accident on the speed section of Armadillo de los Infante, in the state of San Luis Potosí,” began the statement.

“The driver was driving a Studebaker Dictator 1934, with competition number 202, accompanied by his navigator, Christian Ángeles, who is receiving medical attention. The Panamerican family shares the grief that envelops the driver’s relatives and requests respect for the memory of a great motorsport enthusiast.”

What is the Pan America race?

Dubbed ‘the ultimate road race’, the Carrera Panamericana is an event that has been taking place since 1950. It involves completing a series of stages in various parts of the country. Unlike other competitions like Formula One or NASCAR, this type of race allows all types of cars.

The history of this race is divided into two periods: the original one, which ran from 1950 to 1954, and the modern era, which started in 1988 and continues to this day. In fact, in the 1950s, the director of the sports division of Mercedes-Benz, Alfred Neubauer, considered this race a blend of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, the Tripoli Grand Prix, and the Nürburgring circuit.